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GHG emissions – a chronological account

Shipping is by definition an international activity and IMO is the appropriate body to address its global challenges. INTERCARGO has been participating actively in the development of GHG reduction measures at IMO.

An overview of the prevention of Air Pollution from Ships is provided by IMO here.

The 77th Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC 77) takes place on 22-26 November 2021 preceded by the 10th Session of the Intersessional Working Group on the Reduction of GHG Emissions (ISWG-GHG 10) on 18-22 October 2021 and its 9th Session (ISWG-GHG 9)  on 15-17 September 2021 (see here).

The 76th Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC 76) took place on 10-17 June 2021 preceded by the 8th Session of IMO’ Intersessional Working Group on the Reduction of GHG Emissions (ISWG-GHG 8)  on 24-28 May 2021 (see here).

The 75th Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC 75) took place on 16-20 November 2020 – see here.

The 7th Session of IMO’ Intersessional Working Group on the Reduction of GHG Emissions (ISWG-GHG 7) took place on 19-23 October 2020 (see here), was preceded by Informal preliminary discussion sessions (6-10 July 2020 – see here–  and 5-6 October 2020).

The 6th Session of IMO’ Intersessional Working Group on the Reduction of GHG Emissions (ISWG-GHG 6) took place on 11-15 November 2019 (see here).

INTERCARGO joined a Round Table Media Release in September 2019 (see here).

The 5th Session of IMO’ Intersessional Working Group on the Reduction of GHG Emissions (ISWG-GHG 5,  7-10 May 2019, see here) reported to the 74th Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC 74 , 13-17 May 2019) – see the outcome of these latest two meetings here.

In October 2018, INTERCARGO participated with positions to the 4th Intersessional Working Group on the Reduction of GHG (see here) and 73rd Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC 73) (see here), which approved a draft programme of follow-up actions of the Initial IMO Strategy on reduction of GHG emissions from ships up to 2023.

At IMO’s 72nd Marine Environment Protection Committee in April 2018 (MEPC 72), an agreement was reached on an initial strategy for the reduction of GHG from ships (see details on MEPC 72  here, and also on the 3rd relevant Intersessional working group, before MEPC 72, here). Note INTERCARGO’s Media Release here after these developments.

Before that progress had been made at MEPC 71 (see e.g. INTERCARGO’s submission in cooperation with the other International Shipping Associations to MEPC 71 here) and at the 2nd Intersessional working group on GHG as outlined here. At MEPC 70, IMO had approved by consensus, among other initiatives, a responsible roadmap for developing a comprehensive strategy on reducing GHG emissions from ships, through to a 2023 horizon (see here).

INTERCARGO has also not failed to remind on any occasion that IMO was first in addressing GHG emissions by adopting as early as 2011 technical and operational requirements for new and existing vessels, making mandatory the Energy Efficiency Design Index (EEDI) for new ships and the Ship Energy Efficiency Plan (SEEMP) for all ships.

Aligning the EU MRV with IMO Data Collection System is of course an ongoing concern for the industry – see here.